NHSX, the multi-department team from NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS Improvement established earlier this year [TTA 18 Apr], announced last week a new approach to the accreditation of digital health apps for the NHS Apps Library. The plan is to transition from the present direct assessment into accrediting independent assessors using an open standard. NHSX announced that they will undertake this change in a two-step process:
- Create a digital health technology standard based on those existing for industry and health, combining present questions with other data and interoperability standards
- Develop a clearer review, assessment and evaluation approach for digital health tools, including a list of external assessors who will be in turn accredited to apply the new standard
This approach to the perennial problem of app vetting is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2020, not too far away.
In related developments:
- NHSX will also work with the Accelerated Access Collaborative on a pipeline to deliver digital products through to priority areas
- NHSX’s departing (as of October end) director of digital development Dr. Sam Shah has been ranked fourth in the #IB100, a list of the top 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the tech sector. HealthcareITNews Europe/UK
UKAuthority.com Hat tip to Alistair Appleby of Wokingham Borough Council